Ilhan Omar has been in the news a lot in recent weeks since she took her place in the nation’s House of Representatives. At first, many of her Democrat colleagues were jubilant at the success of her campaign and her big win, but recently the positive mood has shifted away from her and is motivating local party members to look for someone to challenge her for her seat during the next round of primaries. Her openly anti-semitic rhetoric is already motivating many Jews to leave the Democrat camp, and the 5th District is the largest Jewish community in the region, which, given her negativity and insistence on maintaining her radicalism, could spell certain disaster for the Democrat party.
Local Democrats are seriously considering the prospect of supporting an unprecedented primary challenge to Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020, following a bipartisan condemnation of several of her remarks as anti-Semitic, according to officials and state representatives.
Activists and officials interviewed by The Hill said that although they have not yet recruited a viable alternative candidate to the 37-year-old Omar, frustrations are mounting.
“There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” state Rep. Ron Latz, a Democrat, told The Hill. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
Omar Jamal, a Somali community activist, told the Washington Post that he has been in touch with Jewish community leaders about Omar. He said he supported her campaign but called her recent comments, “wrong, period.”
“This is up to Ilhan Omar,” he said. “She has really spoken in a very dangerous way, and it’s going to be up to her to reach out to people and fix this.”
Added Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas: “Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community.”
Source: Fox News
Omar has apologized for her anti-semitic comments, but some consider her “sorry” to mean she’s just sorry she got caught, but not at all sorry for her stance. Even Nancy Pelosi has reigned in her support of Omar a bit and has tried to cool things down, but so far Omar is sticking to her position.
What’s going to make it tough for anyone challenging Omar is the strong support she has on the local level. The Somali community in her district has grown to over 100,000 people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and that, along with the support of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, would certainly present a big hurdle for a new candidate wanting to take over her seat.
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